Tigers top Twins 6-5 after runner allowed to score

Alex Avila’s double in the eighth inning that appeared to hit a fan in the stands down the left-field line scored Jhonny Peralta from first base and the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Monday.

With Peralta on first and two outs, Avila hit a ball down the line that rattled along the short fence as fans reached over for it.

Umpires stopped the play after the ball appeared to strike the fan, but they let the run stand instead of sending Peralta back to third. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire came out to argue and was ejected.

Al Alburquerque (2-1) pitched an inning of scoreless relief, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Alex Burnett (1-4) lost.